HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY WHEN POWER CUTS
Power cuts may last for very brief periods of minimal consequences to frustrating and lengthy ones. The consequences of many power cuts are grim and have far reaching implications. During such periods, safety of oneself and the whole family should be made paramount.
Protecting the family in power cuts may range from the basic safety measures for everyone to providing care for family members with need for special attention. These tips are helpful in protecting the family when power cuts.They are very similar to what should happen in case of EMP protocol event.
Make sure your security system has a backup: Periods of power cuts do have electrically powered security systems inactive.
This makes it a swell time for miscreants to do harm. Also, electrically controlled smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not work unless they have battery backup. Make sure your home has battery operated security alarm systems to avoid further incidences.
1. Use portable generators and fuel-fired appliances with caution: Generators and other devices like hot water heaters, stoves and gas barbeques should be used with extreme caution during power cuts. These do produce carbon monoxide when the fuels have insufficient air to burn completely.
To reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning during power cuts, portable generators should only be used outdoors to ensure that exhaust fumes do not enter the home. Using these cautiously also helps to prevent fire damages to the home.
2. Guard against hypothermia: When there are power cuts, electrical space heating goes and you wouldn’t want your family to come with uncontrolled shivering, numbness and extreme tiredness. Make available, layers of warm clothing for family members, thick clothing for beds and efficient fuel-fired home heating when necessary.
3. Never enter a flooded basement if electric outlets are submerged: Storms are huge causes of many power cuts. For safety during power cuts, keep the basement shut to everyone if electric outlets are submerged. While it may be tempting to venture in on the premise that there’s been a power cut, it is advisable to refrain. The electric outlets may still be energized. Contact trained personnel when necessary.
4. Ensure due diligence after power is restored and restock your supplies as well: Caution must not be thrown away after power is restored. Some electric appliances may need to be checked to ensure safety, water and unneeded wetness needs to be dried up if a storm caused the power cut. Also used up stock as a result of the power cut should be replenished readily.